This week felt a bit tough at first: books the people either love or hate. I didn’t really think that there were all that many but I came up with 5 and I’ll let you know which side of the fence I stand on for each.
I read it before the movies came out and I enjoyed it. I still enjoyed it even after the movies came out and made some people seriously question it (these are not masterpiece films here). I do realize that there are some issues within the novel, but that hasn’t gotten in the way of it being a fun book for me.
I tried to like this because it was so prevalent at the time, but I really could not stand this book. The writing was a drain on my will to keep reading and the story sounded great in theory, but in execution it didn’t pan out for me.
Without going into the rest of the series (because I’ve only read The Elite), I really liked The Selection. I know it’s kind of vapid, but it was a fun, light read that I didn’t have to think too hard about regarding world building or magic systems.
I didn’t think I would hate this book as much as I did, but oh my god did I HATE this book. No characters were sympathetic (Earl was the only one that came close) and the plot was devoid of any development.
When this first came out I would have felt ashamed to put it on this list as anything other than love, but guess what? I am firmly on the side of HATE regarding this title. It did not live up to its history: the characters were nothing like what they’d been developed as, the story was on the rotten side of bad fan fiction, and there was no real reason for this to exist in the first place. I didn’t mind that it was a play because I enjoy that format, but this reeked of being a cash cow and that felt like a betrayal of all that the series stood for.